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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-10 03:25 PM
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Obama Seeks to Split Agency That Monitors Oil Drilling
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Source: NYTimes

Obama Seeks to Split Agency That Monitors Oil Drilling
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and JOHN M. BRODER
Published: May 11, 2010

WASHINGTON President Obama is proposing to split the agency that oversees offshore oil drilling into two parts, one to inspect oil rigs and enforce safety and the other to oversee leases for drilling and collect royalties, the White House said Tuesday.
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...Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who announced the change in an afternoon news conference, said that he intended to create a safety and environmental enforcement bureau separate from the minerals service leasing and revenue collection duties.

The job of ensuring energy companies are following the law and protecting the safety of their workers and the environment is a big one, and should be independent from other missions of the agency, Mr. Salazar said. We will responsibly and thoughtfully move to establish independence and separation for this critical mission so that the American people know they have a strong and independent organization holding energy companies accountable and in compliance with the law of the land.

Mr. Salazar said that he was asking the National Academy of Engineering to conduct an independent study of the causes of the Deepwater Horizon drilling accident and requesting...

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/us/12interior.html
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